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14/12/2018

Excalibur - Excalibur - 10

Musings on an Atlantic crossing, 10NeptuneBlack shark eyesHagfish mawMuscles of slab rockBloated fleshRazor scalesCrusted barnacle heartDon’t be fooled by his crown of pink coral And carnival court of colourful fish.His robes are the sails of a wrecked Indies traderHis shield is the hull of a torn submarineHis wrath is hundred foot thundering waveHis roar is a deafening wall of tsunami He will pick you up and hurl you clean from coast to coastHe will knock you down and drag you deep to the icy black.All hail NeptuneHail, and beware. read more...


14/12/2018

Theodora - Final blog

We arrived after seventeen days and a few hours at sea. The first shout of “Land Ahoy” was heard about twenty miles out. This was discarded as a hoax but then shortly after it was agreed that we had land in sight. It was quite a strange feeling starting the engine and getting the fenders and mooring lines out. In fact so strange that a fender got dropped overboard, an excellent bit of helming from the No 1 saw us recover it and continue into the marina. The mooring went fairly smoothly apart from the momentary lapse of concentration by the crew as we came into moor and there were new people to talk to on the boats alongside us. The the rum punch trolley turned up and not a lot happened for the rest of the day.It is a trip that is very worthwhile doing if you ever get the chance. In many. read more...


14/12/2018

Hector - Tag 20 - Wunder der Natur

15°38,9N 51°47,8WWährend diese ersten Zeilen entstehen, ist es noch Nacht. Eine sternenklare Nacht. Eine sternenklare Nacht mitten auf dem Atlantik, wo kein Stadtleuchten den Blick trübt. Diesen Anblick in Worte zu fassen fällt schwer. Thomas sitzt am Steuer. Ich habe es mir im Cockpit gemütlich gemacht, in unser aller Lieblingsecke. Der Rücken angelehnt an die Salonwand, Blick zum Heck (nach hinten) raus. Aufgabe desjenigen, der hier während der Nachtwache sitzt, ist es normalerweise, den Rudergänger zu unterstützen und die Seite, die vom Steuerstand aus nicht einsehbar ist, im Blick zu behalten. Ausschau zu halten nach Bandits (so nennen wir andere Schiffe, die sich unserem Kurs nähern), die am Horizont auftauchen könnten. Den Himmel zu beobachten und die Wolkenformationen, in welche. read more...


Hector - Tag 20 - Wunder der Natur
Hector - Tag 20 - Wunder der Natur
14/12/2018

Glory - Glory Lagoon 42 Log day 20- “Glory out”

Last day at sea! I think I can now safely say I have sailed across an ocean. It probably doesn’t mean anything to anyone else but it means something to me. It has taken a lot of work to get this boat from Les Sables D’Olonnes, France where I took delivery on September 1st to here. The crossing was in some ways the easy part. Thanks to all the folks at the World Cruising for putting on a great show. It was all worth it. Maybe I’ll go get a tattoo or something...Glen. read more...


14/12/2018

Gitana - When you have a dream...

Right at the beginning when I spoke to school about completing this amazing adventure, I said 'Imagine... What's your dream?'This was a dream for so many people, we believed in it, we worked hard and we've achieved it!I've been blogging but I always keep a journal too... This was the last full days sailing we had on the ARC, Gran Canaria flag still flying as we weren't quite into the St.Lucia flag 'zone' yet!But, I had a moment when I looked at the cover of my journal... It couldn't be more appropriate!!Crew are ashore sampling the Rodney Bay delights, just ducked back to the boat briefly and I'll rejoin them!My colleagues at home are out on their Christmas do in Portsmouth! Raising a glass to you guys, see you all soon!Kirsty X2018_1212_20310978. read more...


Gitana - When you have a dream...
Gitana - When you have a dream...
13/12/2018

One Life - Day 19 - Saint Lucia Day

December 13 is Saint Lucia Day! We’d have loved to celebrated it on land. Ah well, only 250nm away, we made a cake and celebrated onboard! image1. read more...


One Life - Day 19 - Saint Lucia Day
One Life - Day 19 - Saint Lucia Day
14/12/2018

Paula Rosa - Sunday 9th December – Paul Rosa

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13/12/2018

MR - Day 18: Land ho!

After 17 days and 10 hours we arrived safe and sound on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. Last night our sailing boat was accompanied by perfect wind and we enjoyed several shooting stars during our night-watches. Unfortunately, the wind died during the next day and our speed over ground decreased for a couple of hours. Nonetheless, we were still able to arrive in the marina of Rodney Bay shortly after sunset and look forward to the welcome party tonight. We’re happy that we were able to complete the passage without any injuries and are ready to celebrate this success in the next days.. read more...


13/12/2018

Bimble - Bimble log day 18

Well Rod will win the pre voyage ‘book’ for the days of our crossing, he was bang on the nose with his estimate with 18….Stephen voted for 19 and half days (I’m glad he’s wrong) and us girls were far too ambitious of the Trade wind strength and thought anything from15 to 16 days…..So here we are exactly 60 miles to go…no land in sight as promised but lots of fluffy clouds on the horizon which probably indicate land ahead. It is a strange feeling, we all had a bit of a mad moment as the mix of excited anticipation that it is going to finally end but sadness that it is going to be over becomes ever more real….how can it be that you can have such two powerful conflicting feelings at the same time.The final leg of the passage is slow with 13 knots of wind and about 5 knots of boat speed. We. read more...


Bimble - Bimble log day 18
Bimble - Bimble log day 18
13/12/2018

Gauntlet of Tamar - The final day - possibly!!

So here we are at the near end of our voyage of 2800 nautical miles and 18 days at sea (I think) Its been a really great experience for all on board and for me particularly it has been something that I have wanted to do with this boat and friends for many years. There have of course been trials and tribulations along the way but all on board have given their best efforts at all times with only minor cajoling from me at times!! The shift pattern for the watch leads has been difficult as it always is with broken sleep and constantly changing watch times severely disrupting the normal sleeping pattern of all. There was only one minor slip up with confusion over times when Nick arrived for his shift 3 hours early at 3am! I think the four of them had a little midnight party. Its always. read more...


13/12/2018

In Tune - IN TUNE Thurs 13th December. Showers at night

Woopee, we have now had 24 hours without rain squalls. The wind increased last night as was forecast so we dropped the Parasailor at midnight and ran under the genoa. This gives us all a calmer ride and better sleep, but we pay the price of slower speed. Last night was clear starry skies, and all of us on watch saw many shooting stars; maybe this was the forecast meteor showers. A light appeared on our port bow on my (Philip) watch and rapidly approached, passing in front of us a little over 1 NM ahead; it turned out to be a freighter en route to Brazil.The wind did not drop this morning as forecast, so still decided to put up the Parasailor about mid morning, and run with that until nightfall. Today has been a quiet day for us reading, and with Martin winning nomination whist - again!. read more...


13/12/2018

Gitana - We made it

It's now 16:44 local time (20:44 GMT) and we're in St.Lucia! Sitting on the waterfront having had burger and chips we're sitting watching other ARC yachts as they arrive in the marina.Crossing the finish line at 10:44am St.Lucia time was just insane. Having had a few issues with the engine which was sorted, then returned, then being almost becalmed for 4hours yesterday afternoon, we watched our last few miles slowly tick away.The wind filled in and Gitana flexed her wings once again and off she flew. Running towards each waypoint on course at 6kts+ Gitana had a great 24hours to finish.There was an almighty shout of 'Land Ho!' this morning, James had been up throughout the night to watch the course and make sure we were going to get to the North coast of St.Lucia. As the sight of. read more...


13/12/2018

Hector - Tag 19 - Happy Birthday, Marie!

16°02,2N 49°36,6WHeute ist mal wieder einer dieser besonderen Tage, an denen zumindest ein kurzer Kontakt nach Hause schön wäre. Denn Katrins Nichte Marie hat heute Geburtstag und würde sich wahrscheinlich sehr über persönliche Glückwünsche freuen. Da das leider nicht möglich ist, wird ihr zumindest der Blogeintrag gewidmet und auf diesem Wege gratuuliert...*************Liebe Marie, stell dir die folgenden Zeilen von uns gesungen (Katrin singt, Peter brummt vor sich hin) vor: "Zum Geburtstag viel Glück, zum Geburtstag viel Glück, zum Geburtstag alles Gute, zum Geburtstag viel Glück." Wir wünschen dir zu deinem 9. Geburtstag alles alles Liebe und herzlichen Glückwünsch! Hoffentlich feierst du heute schön mit deinen Freundinnen, Freunden und Geschwistern und am Wochenende dann mit der. read more...


13/12/2018

Aurora B - Land ahoy for Aurora B - Day 18

All go on Aurora B as we prepare for a late night / early morning arrival in St Lucia tonight. Ted the Bear and the kids have been helping with the tidy up, they even have managed to find some body wash for a shower, everyone will be grateful for that! All in shock as we have made it and are so pleased with ourselves.. read more...


Hector - Tag 19 - Happy Birthday, Marie!
Hector - Tag 19 - Happy Birthday, Marie!
13/12/2018

Charisma - Tag 17 | Die letzten 24 Stunden auf See

Bei auffrischendem Passatwind (E-NE 6) segeln wir den roten Starkwind-Spinnaker dicht am Limit. Das schwere Tuch und das Rigg halten die Bedingungen auf dem Atlantik aus. Durch den zunehmenden Seegang und den bereits weit geöffneten Anstellwinkel zum Wind, wird der Korrekturrahmen für das Steuern immer kleiner.Spi in den SackAm Nachmittag führen wir ein kontrolliertes Bergemanöver durch: Ausrollen der Genua, Fieren des Achterholers, Greifen der leewärtigen Spi-Schot, Abfallen der Yacht vor dem Wind, Fieren des Spinnaker-Falls, Einholen des Spis auf dem Vorschiff, Anluven der Yacht auf Raumschot-Kurs, Einpacken des Spis sowie des laufenden Guts, Anschlagen der Genua-Schot am Spinnakerbaum, Einrollen der Genua samt Fieren der leewärtigen Schot, Ausrollen der Genua samt Dichtholen der. read more...


13/12/2018

Glory - Glory Lagoon 42 log Day 19- salt life

We carried a water bladder with 160 litres of water in case our water maker stopped working. Today we will empty that water and use it to scrub some of the salt off the boat- the stuff is everywhere. Also we will re-organize our provisions. Some stuff will stay and other stuff ( like canned artichokes- yuck) will be given to the ARC for redistribution in St Lucia. We are still fishing but just for sport. Yesterday we lost 3 really big fish. One at least was a Marlin as we saw it jump 3 times. Twice the line snapped and third one had a hook straighten. Time to upgrade the tackle...although when we are sailing along at 7 knots with no quick way to slow the boat down the odds are very heavily in Mr Fish’s favour, even running heavy tackle.We just had dolphins playing off the bow...only the. read more...


13/12/2018

Titania - Titania: visited by a whale.

A whale swam by Titania around 5 times. Starting 300 metres behind then effortlessly swimming up to us and then diving down under the boat. It then repeated the same. It was hard to capture on camera - this was the best version we managed. I understand that it (or one similar) buzzed some other ARC boats.Watch the video:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/5vw0zf269a32tgz/The%20whale%20who%20buzzed%20us.mp4?dl=0Screenshot 2018-12-13 14.48.23. read more...


Titania - Titania: visited by a whale.
Titania - Titania: visited by a whale.
Danica I - Danica Sailing Log
Danica I - Danica Sailing Log
13/12/2018

Jack Rowland Smith - Log Day 18 - JACK Rowland Smith - We Have Finished

JACK has Finished - 18 days 10 Hours 30 MinutesJACK and it’s motley crew have finished the 2018 Atlantic Rally For Cruisers and in the process travelled 3,000 miles and delivered JACK to its new cruising waters in one piece (for the most part!).We were 100 miles off at dawn yesterday but the forecast was for a dropping wind throughout the day.We shook a reef out of the main and made good progress until midday when the wind started to drop and the main, once again, started its often customary flog after each large wave.We got to the point where the banging was too much to bear, we were pointing in the wrong direction to keep it filled and we were still 30 miles away.So in a final quest to sail to the finish, down came the main and up went the cruising shoot (bit of ARC rating advice,. read more...


13/12/2018

Excalibur - Excalibur - 9

Musings on an Atlantic crossing, 9The Sadly True Ballad of the Clumsy SailorVerse 1What has she done now, the clumsy sailor?What has she done now, the clumsy sailor?What has she done now, the clumsy sailor?Early in the morningV2Got a riding turn on the main mast halyardV3Caught a reefing line in her trainer shoelaceV4Smashed the skipper’s mug, for christ’s sake don’t tell himV5Wrenched out all the wires from the battery monitorV6Spilled a cup of tea on the paper chart pileV7Lost a spanner down the bilge and it’s gone foreverChorusHeigh ho she’s gone and gybed itHeigh ho she’s gone and gybed itEtc. read more...


Danica I - Danica Sailing Log
Danica I - Danica Sailing Log
Danica I - Danica Sailing Log
Danica I - Danica Sailing Log
13/12/2018

Danica I - Danica Sailing Log

Day 19- Thursday, December 13, 2018¢ Night Watch Report: o Rocking slowly towards St. Lucia under beautiful starry skies o Sailing with poled out genoa and storm jib, averaging about 4.3 knotso Winds of 13-17 knots dropping to 10 knots mid-morningo Wind direction from E and 2-3m swellso 02:00 S/V BIMBLE #173 passed Danica on starboardo 08:00 S/V GAUNTLET # 192 whizzed by on our port ¢ Day sailing and Danica's Trip's distance o 12:00 noon - trip distance 2788 NM (108 NM in 24 hrs) ¢ Highs and Lows of the dayo Sailing very slowly but comfortablyo Lots of food in the fridge. read more...


13/12/2018

Nashachata II - Log day 16 – Caribbean flow

ARC 2018 – Caribbean flowPOLWidok jak z filmu „1492” – w oddali zarysy wyspy, powoli można rozróżnić rozsiane na stoku wulkanicznego stożka rezydencje. Płyniemy pełnym baksztagiem jeszcze nieco odpadając by uniknąć kolejnego zwrotu. Do zatoki wchodzi olbrzymi, pięciomasztowy wycieczkowiec utrudniając nam manewrowanie. Wokół jachtu krąży ponton z fotografem. Potem okazuje się, że zestaw tych zdjęć możemy dostać za drobne 560 USD. Przekraczamy linię mety i … koniec. Jesteśmy na Karaibach. Za nami cały Atlantyk. Właściwie oboje, Asia i Marek, moglibyśmy płynąć dalej. Wreszcie złapaliśmy rytm i jakoś nie tęsknimy do portu. Niestety Ocean nam się skończył. Wpadamy w portowe atrakcje, teraz łapiemy karaibski luz w kolanach. Teraz przed nami ciche zatoczki, atrakcyjne wędrówki, podziwianie. read more...


13/12/2018

Biguá - Log day 17 - Helping SV Garuda!

Hello fellow sailors.Yesterday we had an intense day on board.By the morning, we received an ARC email, warning us about a sailboat asking for help, Garuda. They had lost their mast and didn’t have enough fuel to get to St. Lucia.We ourselves are consuming more fuel than we had predicted we would. We lost our generator and need to charge our batteries with our engines.Still, we did the math and realized we could lent them a hundred liters of fuel.We turned around and started searching the boat using only the last position ARC had given us. Tough task out here at sea.We couldn’t contact them through the VHF radio and their AIS was inoperative.After many hours, we could finally get closer to Garuda and contact them through the radio. We then started updating our positions constantly. But. read more...


12/12/2018

One Life - Day 18 - First catch of the passage

Today I caught a fish, the first of this passage! But I had no idea what type it was. It had very dark green skin, a roundish shape, and a wide tail. Definitely not a tuna, nor a bonito, nor a mahi mahi. Unable to recognize what it was, we released it back to the ocean. Note to self: get a fish book for the next passage! image1. read more...


One Life - Day 18 - First catch of the passage
One Life - Day 18 - First catch of the passage
12/12/2018

Bimble - Day 17 'Bimble' log 'Nothing'

‘Nothing much to report…..here goes as nearly there’Highlight of the day so far (which probably horrified Stephen) was a Celine Dion concert……yes she blasted out over the ocean blue whilst we sang along….Rod loves her and is a bit of a diva fan generally, so whether Dolly, Bonny or Whitney it was his go to for singing in the car…not very high brow music but he’s right up there as their fans. Lucy  in her enthusiasm and love of drama to sing along to Celine and to full effect she used a wooden spoon as her mike and strutted her stuff around the saloon whilst cooking lunch. So back to the beginning of the day we awoke to frustrating wind speeds again and it is becoming a lesson in extreme patience as we are back to of 6 kts SOG…with just the Gennaker flying and trying to maintain. read more...


Bimble - Day 17 'Bimble' log 'Nothing'
Bimble - Day 17 'Bimble' log 'Nothing'
Bimble - Day 17 'Bimble' log 'Nothing'
Bimble - Day 17 'Bimble' log 'Nothing'
07/12/2014

Take Off - Our first squall

Although the full moon lit our way so gently last night was quite unsmoothdue to wind changes all the time. We suspected several squalls so the spinnakerwent up and down all night in prevention. However we seemed everytime to “miss”them. This morning was a grey morning, no sunrise from the sea and heavy cloudsahead of us. However the heavy clouds were all along the horizon so we thoughtit was just normal rain. We sailed through it, got a bit wet, the wind wassteady and we thought this was smooth. The wind started to blow stronger and wasup to 30 knots when it then dropped gently down to 17 knots. And from nowhere astrong wind hit the boat, Jörgen stearing had difficulties in answering the windand the broach was inevitable. And then came the real rain – just like pouringhundreds of. read more...


12/12/2018

Itchycoo Park - Weve only gone and done it

So you sail 2117 miles, thrash your boat to bits and you cross the official finish line what happens? Precisely not a lot, but the very nice man on the ARC committee boat does ask you to go around again as the photographers had a busy night and isn’t quite there yet. So we put our first tack in 15 days in which completely took the crew bysurprise they hadn’t realised the sails could still move. So as we faffed about trying to remember which rope goes where when we saw what we thought was the photographer arriving but as it got closer we realised it was our own unofficial shore crew coming to greet us the party consisting of friends and wives on theirmission to deliver the chilled champagne and beers it was a very emotional and unexpected pleasure. There was a peculiar noise coming from. read more...


12/12/2018

In Tune - IN TUNE Wed 12th December. Damn rain squalls

It was, for the most part, a nice quiet starry night last. Except just before dawn a big rain squall came through, and after soaking me on watch continued strong winds. Once again we played safe and dropped the parasailor in favour of the genoa.Excitement for the evening was passing another yacht in the ARC, Supertaff, and chatting to them on the radio.After some rest and daylight we raised the parasailor.Once again, it would have been a relaxing sail all day except for another big rain squall late morning. We battled with the parasailor but managed mostly to keep it set.We think the whales we saw yesterday might have been minky whales.Geraldine was upset when she discovered water in the bilge and blamed me of course. We're not sure whether it was from the spilled yoghurt maker, that. read more...


Charisma - Tag 16 | Auf der Zielgeraden
Charisma - Tag 16 | Auf der Zielgeraden
12/12/2018

Charisma - Tag 16 | Auf der Zielgeraden

Der Seegang istfür Atlantik-Verhältnisse moderat - wir freuen uns über traumhaftesSpinnaker-Segeln bei bestem Seeverhalten unserer Swan. Zum Abendessenserviert die Crew bei Sonnenuntergang Spaghettie mit roter Soßeangereichert um Zwiebeln, Knoblauch, frischen Tomaten und Paprika.Ruhige NachtMit der Abenddämmerung bergen wir wie gehabt den Spi und fahren unterausgebaumter Genua in die Nacht. Der zunehmende (untergehende) Mondweist den Abendwachen für die ersten Stunden den Kurs nach Westen. Diedunkle Nacht verläuft trotz wechselhaftem Wind ruhig. Wir steuern nachdem Wind, das bedeutet, dass aktive Kursänderungen bis zu 30° unterweitestgehender Beibehaltung unserer Bootsgeschwindigkeit vorgenommenwerden. Würde der Rudergänger stur nach Kompass steuern, könnten wirunsere Geschwindigkeit. read more...


12/12/2018

Itchycoo Park - Reflections of a Cabin Boy

Reflections of a Cabin Boy assigned to Roger the Captain (???)In late 2017 my long standing friend Roger announced that he had ‘acquired’ a boat and planned to fulfil a long standing desire to sail across the Atlantic and would I like to come. As a very novice sailor I took this as a tremendous honour which was only slightly dented when he also invited anyone he met in any bar he went to – which was not a small number.In the end I did make the final crew selection and, as you will know, the plan became to enter the Arc+ Sailing Rally from Las Palmas in the Grand Canaries to St Lucia via Cape Verde.We sailed around 1,800 miles from the UK to get the boat to the start point in Cape Verde and then rally itself involved 900 miles to Cape Verde and finally 2,080 miles to St Lucia - 4,980 in. read more...


Itchycoo Park - Reflections of a Cabin Boy
Itchycoo Park - Reflections of a Cabin Boy
Itchycoo Park - Reflections of a Cabin Boy
Itchycoo Park - Reflections of a Cabin Boy
Itchycoo Park - Reflections of a Cabin Boy
Itchycoo Park - Reflections of a Cabin Boy
Itchycoo Park - Reflections of a Cabin Boy
Itchycoo Park - Reflections of a Cabin Boy
Danica I - Danica Sailing Log
Danica I - Danica Sailing Log
12/12/2018

Hector - Tag 18 - die Crew Teil VI: der Skipper und das Wetter

16°19,9N 47°46,1W"Ein Schiff, eine Crew!" hat mal ein schlauer Skipper gesagt. So Recht er damit auch hat und wir an Bord eine Gemeinschaft und ein Team sind, in dem sich alle untereinander unterstützen, so braucht trotzdem jedes Schiff einen, der das Kommando hat und bei wichtigen Entscheidungen das letzte Wort (Das sollte möglichst nicht der mit der besten und höflichsten Erziehung sein :-)). Bei Sail & Chill und während der Atlantiküberquerung speziell ist das unser Skipper Peter. Wer schon als Kind die Ferien am liebsten irgendwo in der Nähe einer Marina verbracht hat, um dort möglichst viel Zeit verbringen zu können, Schiffe zu bestaunen und dem Seemannsgarn der alten Seebären zu lauschen, dem war die Skipper-Laufbahn und ein Leben auf dem Meer wohl vorher bestimmt. Auch wenn es. read more...


Hector - Tag 18 - die Crew Teil VI: der Skipper und das Wetter
Hector - Tag 18 - die Crew Teil VI: der Skipper und das Wetter
12/12/2018

Glory - Glory lagoon 42 log day 18- Sailors grog

I like rum- once again I’ll mention my favourite - Admiral Rodney...St Lucia’s finest. And the thought of it keeps my sails pressed to the west. But alas there is no rum on board and my crew does not get their allotted daily share.Tea however is a different story. That’s the real sailor’s drink. Day and night we drink the stuff. There is no better companion on a lonely night watch then a mug of the hot stuff.(Then you turn off all the lights on board and sit at the back of the boat and watch the phosherus in the boat wake. Trippy!)Glen. read more...



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